Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

World Series ratings for Tampa Bay Rays down but not low

ST. PETERSBURG — As expected, Fox's telecast of Game 1 topped all other shows Wednesday night. It drew 14.6-million viewers nationwide, including nearly half of those watching TV in the bay area. What might not be expected: The ratings are on track to avoid historic lows for the World Series.

Nationally, the game scored a 9.2 rating and 15 share, according to Fox Sports. That means 9.2 percent of people who own TVs watched the game and 15 percent of those watching TV did so. In the bay area, the game scored a 31.9 rating and 49 share to Philadelphia's 35.7 rating and 53 share.

The figures are a 12 percent decline from last year, when the popular Red Sox faced the Colorado Rockies. But they are a 15 percent improvement from the 2006 Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers. That was the lowest-rated Series, averaging 11-million viewers over five games.

"We're off to a very solid start. This is a good number for a first night," said Fox Sports spokesman Dan Bell, noting a six- or seven-game Series might boost viewership significantly. "No show gets the same ratings now that we saw in 1995. What advertisers pay for is a Series that dominates all other TV, and we're doing that."

Trop forces changes

Fox planned to place two ground-level, on-field cameras at the Trop but couldn't because of its artificial turf. The wires run underground from the production trucks to the field. But because there is only 4 inches between the turf and cement, it was a no-go, Fox technical operations director Mike Davies said.

"We were considering some wireless options," Davies said. "But in the end, we felt we better leave this one to the grass."

One camera was supposed to be in front of home plate facing the batter and catcher, the other in foul territory looking toward first base.

Local Rays fever

Local media outlets have ramped up their Rays coverage to satisfy the appetite of bay area fans. A couple of things stood out from the first night's coverage:

• WTSP-Ch. 10 anchor Reginald Roundtree's Rayhawk haircut on live TV. The station was broadcasting a special that started at 7 p.m., and he received a modified Mohawk that was more a close cut to the sides than a full-blown shaving. He did it to fulfill an on-air promise made earlier this year.

• Those in-game promos for cowbelltime.com. Turns out, it's Fox station WTVT-Ch. 13's new Web site housing its reports on the Rays.

'Sweet Music'

Frank Viola earned that nickname while with the Twins. During his stint, he won the 1988 Cy Young and 1987 World Series MVP for leading Minnesota to the title. And he is right at home under a dome having played in the Metrodome from 1982-89.

Today, the Orlando resident is part of Bright House Sports Network's pregame and postgame shows.

"I'm really enjoying this just like anybody else from the area; what a beautiful story," said Viola, who has worked for Bright House in Tampa and Orlando for the past few months.

Viola said he likes the Rays because of their starting pitching.

"In a seven-game series, I think they're a little stronger," he said. "And in the end, I think it could come down to the bullpen."

Eric Deggans and Dave Scheiber, Times staff writers

World Series ratings for Tampa Bay Rays down but not low 10/23/08 [Last modified: Friday, October 24, 2008 1:27am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Anthem protest, the latest: Jerry Jones joins Cowboys on field in show of solidarity

    Bucs

    As President Donald Trump continued tweeting Monday about his displeasure with NFL players for staging demonstrations during the national anthem, the Cowboys took a knee on the field just before the anthem was performed on Monday Night Football. Dallas players were joined by owner Jerry Jones, and they quickly …

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, center, joins the team in taking a knee before the national anthem Monday night. They stood and linked arms for the anthem.
  2. Bucs journal: Gerald McCoy says players who kneel have team's support

    Sports

    TAMPA — Receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson were the only Bucs players kneeling during the national anthem before Sunday's game against the Vikings, but DT Gerald McCoy said the team supports their protest "100 percent."

    Bucs tight end Cameron Brate pulls in a touchdown catch as Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo (34) hits him in the back of the head.
  3. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell poses for a picture during the team's photo day at baseball spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  4. Luke Del Rio regains UF starting job, for now

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Luke Del Rio is once again the starting quarterback for No. 21 Florida.

    Luke Del Rio provided a needed spark when he replaced starter Feleipe Franks and rallied Florida past Kentucky.
  5. Four questions the Lightning still has to answer

    Lightning Strikes

    FORT LAUDERDALE — The Lightning made its biggest round of cuts Monday, with some of the big-name prospects heading out.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) looks on from the bench during a shift change at Lightning hockey training camp in Brandon on Monday (09/18/17). In background on right is Nikita Kucherov (86). DIRK SHADD   |   Times